Wild Wagener Week – Bonfire

Michael Wagener has been such a big influence on rock and metal style music for decades, having his name associated with a great number of albums in my collection and I’m sure in yours as well.  He has credits from producing to mastering, to mixing to recording and some of my all time favourite albums appear to be touched by his hand of gold.  A partial list of his stunning work can be found here…

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Wild Wagener Week – Soldiers Under Command

 The early mid 80’s were a incredible time for metal music of any type. Mainstream acts were being signed and churning out hit albums at will. And I’m sure we all remember the “Tipper Stickers” that were slapped on these albums if they contained anything remotely questionable. For those who may not know, “Tipper Stickers” were warning labels promoted by the Parents Music Resource Center and former second lady of the United States Tipper Gore…

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Wild Wagener Week- Under Lock and Key

As we celebrate the greatness of Michael Wagener’s career, I look at one of his first productions Dokken’s Under Lock and Key. Under Lock and Key was Dokken’s third full length release coming out on November 9, 1985. The album peaked at #32 in Billboard’s Hot 100, spending 66 weeks on the charts and going triple platinum. The album spawned the singles “The Hunter” and “In My Dreams” and videos for both songs along with…

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Wild Wagener Week – Balls To The Wall

As the Wild Wagener Week continues I thought I would take a moment and write a moment on a very special album in my collection, Accept’s Balls To The Wall. Let me first take rewind just a little bit. Back in 1984 I was a young teenager quickly discovering my own musical tastes and much to my parents dismay, these tastes were forging heavier and heavier. As a young child I was introduced to KISS…

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Stung By The KILLER BEE-Chat With Anders LA Ronnblom

Stung By The KILLER BEE-Chat With Anders LA Ronnblom

Finally, after being a Helix fan for decades, I got the opportunity to have a quick chat with guitar stalwart Brent “The Doctor” Doerner as he finished playing his second last show with the once dubbed “hardest working band in Canada”. When asked why he was once again leaving the Helix fold, he responded by citing the fatigue of touring and susceptibility to illness always being in and out of airports among other things. Brent…

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Meister’s Buried Treasure: Arch Rival – In The Face Of Danger

Meister’s Buried Treasure: Arch Rival – In The Face Of Danger

Wow was this “Buried Treasure” project ever hard!  It seemed like such a great idea at first and I quickly chose what I thought would be a great album to feature for my “Buried Treasure”.  As I cued it up for a listen it reminded me of another album, which reminded me of another…..which reminded me of another……which reminded me of yet another…..and so on and so on for three days now!  Enough! I’m stopping…

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Metal On Ice! – October 22nd is now Hoser Heavy Metal Day

Many of the Decibel Geeks are no doubt aware of my proud Canadian heritage and today marks one of my proudest moments ever as a fan of Canadian Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. An advanced copy of the Metal On Ice EP is now playing ultra loud through my sound system for the third time in a row and I declare now that Canada Day has been changed to October 22nd when this EP becomes…

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LAVALLE’s Dear Sanity gives a Nod to 80’s Glam Metal

LAVALLE’s Dear Sanity gives a Nod to 80’s Glam Metal

If glam metal is characterized by shredding guitar solos, extensive use of harmonies, and use of the power ballad, then LaValle has hit the mark with Dear Sanity. Actually a bullseye in this reviewer’s opinion. First of all, who is LaValle? Well, LaValle is a band formed out of a song writing partnership between guitar player Eddie LaValle and bass player Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse).  Now add Paul‘s friend singer Carsten Lizard Schultz and his best…

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Sammy & Friends = An Album Nobody Wants or Lulu Part Deux

World’s reaction after listening to a Sammy & Friends / Lulu playlist “As a rule, we’re always supposed to applaud the collapse of the record industry.  But that collapse is why Lulu exists. If we still lived in the radio prison of 1992, do you think Metallica would purposefully release an album that no one wants? No way.  [After hearing this idea] ten minutes later Bob Rock would be parking his Lexus at the studio.” …

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Bloody Hammers – Spiritual Relics

When your reviewing an album by a band called the “Bloody Hammers” you kind of have an idea of what your getting yourself into. Images of thrashing guitars and guttural screams filled my mind as I looked at the sinister album cover art for their new “Spiritual Relics” album. The album art reminded me of the time many, many years ago when I purchased Venom’s “At War With Satan” album based solely on the cover…

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